PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER AGAINST SPYWARE

Recently, i wrote a post on HOW TO SPEED UP YOUR PC PERFORMANCE that is Spyware and or Adware removal I hope it has been of good help to you well I may not know if it has help you but fact is that if you follow my instruction you protect your PC and yourself not only from treat also with those harkers out there beside all, you need to keep your system clean for better experience.
Mean while I’m still continue with some import things you need to know concerning that very topic as said on the last topic.
Do I say concerning the last topic? Of curse that is were I am referring to but before I continue

WHAT IS SPYWARE?
Spyware is said to be a technology or agent (harkers and or scammers agent) that aid in gathering information about a person or organisation without their knowledge or explicit permission.
It collects your personal information without letting you know and without asking for your permission.
From the website you visit to usernames and passwords, Spyware can put you and your confidential information to risk. In addition to privacy concerns, Spyware can hamper your computer’s performance.
To combat Spyware, you might want to consider using Microsoft windows defender, which is included in window Vista, and is available as free download for window XP SP2. Alternatively, there are other free anti-spyware software programs available.

To use disk Cleanup
1. Click Start, »point to All Programs, »Accessories, »System Tools, »and then Disk Cleanup.
If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.

2. In the Disk Cleanup for dailog box, scroll through the content of the Files to delete list. Choose the file you want to delete.

3. Clare or uncheck the check box for file you do not want to delete and click OK.

4. When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the specified files, click Yes.
After a few minutes, and Disk Cleanup dailog box closed, leaving your computer clean and performing better.

5. Speed up access to data.
Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system.
When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to pieces it back together. The response time can be significantly longer.
Disk Defragmenter is a windows utility that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer’s hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. With your stored neatly end-to-end, without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk speeds up.

When to run Disk.
In addition to running Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals “monthly is optimal” there are other times you should run it too, such as when: • You add a large number of files.
•your free disk space total is 15% or less.
• You install new programs or a new version of Windows.

To use Disk Defragmenter:
1. Click Start, point to All Programs »Accessories »System Tolls »then Disk Defragmenter. Click Analyse to start the Disk Defragmenter.

2. In the Disk Defragmenter dailog box, click the drive that you want to Defragment, and then click the Analyse button. After the disk is analysed, a box appears, letting you know whether you should Defragment the analysed drives.
Tips: You should a volume before Defragmenting it to get an estimate of how long the defragmentation process will take.

3. To Defragment the selected drive or drives, click the Defragment button.
Note: In Windows Vista, there is no graphical users interface to demonstrate the process but your hard drive is being defragmenter.
After the defragmentation is completed, Disk Defragmentation displays the result.
4. To display detailed information about the defragmented disk or partition, click View Report. To close the View Report dailog box, click Close.
To close the Disk Defragmenter utility, click the Close button on the title bar of the th window.

Remove unwanted/unused software.
• Click Start »Control panel.
• Click add/remove programs
• Highlight any software you do not use and then click “remove”

Stop unwanted start-up programs
• Run msconfig
• Choose startup box
• Select uncheck program you do not want to run on start up
• Install the software you have just downloaded
• Open control panel, select startup
• Disable any program you do not want load automatically
• Disable services you do not need or use,
Open control panel open administrative tools and select services.
Disabling wrong service may leads to a serious problems you may not notice right away.
Please consult a reference such as overclockersclub.com for information on specific Windows XP services. If you do not know what it is, do not disable the service.

Make Windows load faster
• Click Start, then Run.
• Type in “msconfig” and press enter.
• Click on the BOOT.INI tap at the top.
• Over to the right there will be a box labelled Time out with 30 in it. • Change the 30 to 3.

Speed up your processing time
• Turning off the fancy Windows XP graphics will noticeably increase the speed of your computer.
• Go to Start (Settings) »Control Panel »System. Note: you may need to “Switch to Classic Mode” to see the system applets. • Go to the Advance tab. Click the Settings button under performance. • Select the ‘Adjust for best performance’ radio button, then Apply and OK. • The graphics aren’t as flashy, but your computers will run a lot faster.

Speed up RAM for gaming
• Go to Start (Settings) »Control Panel »System (this is just like the step above this). • Go to the Advance Tab, Click the Settings button under performance. • Now switch to this Advance tab, and click change under Virtual Memory. • You will see the ‘Initial Size (MB)’ and the ‘Maximum Size (MB)’. • Change the ‘Initial Size’ to the same as ‘Maximum Size’ then click set. Note: this setting will help your gaming by speeding your computer up.

«***** ADDITIONAL NOTE*****»
When your computer uses up your computer’s hard drive and uses it as RAM, it also known as thrashing.
Thrashing is bad for your computer and buying RAM (is not that expensive) is much worth while.

Tips: If this is your first defrag, do it after the disk Cleanup twice, then a disk defrag and then another disk Cleanup. It is suggested to defrag your hard drive weekly. • For best result, run Disk Defragment after performing all other steps. • Do all the above steps quit often to maintain the speed of your PC.
• Run an alternate Windows Shell to save on RAM usage and save performance. Although more expensive but installing additional RAM is a better option.
Running an alternate Windows Shell is a compability risk as many proprietary Microsoft programs, such as their latest Game and Visual Studio, may not function properly on a third-party shell.
• Although time-intensive, a re-partition and re-format of the hard disk, all with a clean installation of Windows XP will improve performance.
Performing this task will remove all of your existing datas, so a back-up or file copying is recommended first. Only save the files you created, as you will need to install each application on the new installation of Windows. If you did not change the default location of when saving documents, it may be save to copy only the user folder and all files and folders within it (ie: “C:/Document and Settings(your username). Typically, most users will need to be sure to copy this files:
• Document created using applications such as Microsoft Word or similar office programs • Bookmarks/Favourites from your internet browser
• Fon installed that are not included by default with Windows (note that some fons are installed by applications).
• Emails in-box and folders if you use an e-mail client that does not use an Internet browser • Any scheduled data for programs such as Outlook.
• Financial records for programs such as Quicken
• Optimize the registry either manually or with a third-party applications. Many of this registry tweaking programs are available on the internet, including commercial applications that are released as free trails. If you are not familiar with the registry, do not edit it manually, the registry is vital to Windows operation. • Also go t run type in %temp% and delete them all.

Warnings:
• Always create a restore point before uninstalling software even, better before you start any step
• Becareful when using MS configuration. Do not uncheck unfamiliar items, and do not experiment with settings in any other tab. Doing so could prevent your Windows install from booting!
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